Trinity’s Total Research Budget Increases, with 68% of Budget from State Funding

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s research accounts for last year show that 68% of research income came from state funding, accounting for nearly €68 million, while Trinity’s four research institutes made up 14.7% of the total research income …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 17 March]

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Funding research vital to society

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The importance of funding ‘basic research’ for the future wellbeing of Irish society and our economy is clearly articulated by John FitzGerald (‘Research to shape public policy is hard to measure – and fund’, Business Opinion, March 3rd), although he could have added that the Irish Research Council funds basic research across all disciplines …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Slashing of 3rd Level research funding risking Ireland’s future economic prosperity

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Innovation, and Enterprise, Niall Collins has said that the future health of the Irish economy is being put at risk by the failure of Minister Mitchell O’Connor to adequately fund 3rd level research …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 February]

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Business ‘has too much say in our universities’, says departing UCC president

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Departing UCC president, Michael Murphy, welcomes funding from industry but worries it dictates research decisions, he tells Education Correspondent Niall Murray. The business community has too much influence on Ireland’s research agenda, at the expense of non-scientific disciplines, the outgoing president of University College Cork, Michael Murphy, says …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 January]

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Third Level Funding – Research

Posted in Research on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funds will be allocated in 2017 for research in third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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Queen’s Publishes EU Referendum Paper

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on January 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s have published an EU Exit Institutional Position Paper which sets out the key issues arising from the referendum result which will impact the University. There are four key issues, as set out below: Access to EU Research Funding; Status of Current and Future EU Staff; Student Recruitment and Mobility; Relationship with the Republic of Ireland …” (more, download)

[QUB, 16 January]

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Research and innovation policy for third level suffers under FG – Byrne

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has criticised the Government for failing to prioritise research and innovation funding for third level institutions. Deputy Byrne made the comments after it was revealed that the Government has so far failed to provide funding for the Programme for Research in Third Level Initiative (PRTLI) …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 10 January]

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Ulster University bags €23m in EU funding for advanced research projects

Posted in Research on January 6th, 2017 by steve

“Getting 2017 off to a good start, Ulster University has revealed that it has been awarded €23m in EU funding to develop three advanced research projects in the fields of life sciences and renewable energy …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 5 January]

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Third Level Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on December 9th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of funding for the programme for research in third level institutions PRTLI; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 December]

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Third Level Funding – PRTLI

Posted in Research on November 21st, 2016 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total funding allocated to the programme for research in third level institutions in the period 2010 to 2016 annually in tabular form; the programme funding that has been allocated in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 17 November]

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Ireland’s private R&D sector one of the strongest in Europe

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The share of research and development work done in the private sector here is among the highest in Europe. But the Government here is unusually weak when it comes to direct funding of innovation. Over 60% of all workers involved in R&D are working full-time in the private sector, making Ireland only second to Sweden in the 28-member bloc …” (more)

[Sean Duffy, Independent, 2 November]

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UK vote has thrown £1bn of funding up for grabs

Posted in Research on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Brexit has thrown £1bn (€1.1bn) of European Union research funding up for grabs, and Irish universities must act fast to secure a share of it, former Unilever chief executive Niall Fitzgerald has told the Irish Independent …” (more)

[Donal O’Donovan, Independent, 13 October]

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Budget 2017: More allocated for scientific and humanities research

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Departments of Jobs and of Education have both receive additional money to spend on scientific and humanities research. The Jobs allocation will see Science Foundation Ireland receive a 3.5% increase to €162.5 million, and Enterprise Ireland will have €122 million to invest in research supports, up 3.7% …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Ireland, Europe and scientific research

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On Thursday, The Irish Times published the article ‘Why Ireland has a bad reputation for research’ about the upcoming visit to Ireland of European Research Council (ERC) president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (‘Why Ireland has a bad reputation for research’, Analysis, October 6th). It highlights the low success rate of Irish researchers when applying for funding to the ERC …” (more)

[Luke O’Neill and others, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Why Ireland has a bad reputation for research

Posted in Research on October 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘Give a dog a bad name’ is an apt way to describe Ireland’s early engagement with the European Research Council (ERC), a key funding body within the EU’s Horizon 2020 research budget …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Brexit presents major opportunities for researchers – but are we ready to grasp them?

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In an age when science knows no borders, what does Brexit mean for researchers in Ireland? For generations we have studied and collaborated with researchers in UK universities. There is hardly an Irish Horizon 2020 project that does not have a high level of UK participation, with researchers moving freely across national borders …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Ireland’s researchers are punching above their weight despite ‘below-average investment’

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s researchers are delivering among the best returns in Europe on the money put into their projects – despite ‘below-average public investment’ in the sector. That is according to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), whose director general Mark Ferguson said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 August]

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Science strategy with 2020 time frame overtly enterprise friendly

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Companies willing to engage with the Innovation 2020 science strategy released last week by the Government should benefit greatly from what the plan offers. It is very much in keeping with the existing strategy pursued over the past few years and spearheaded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, with its strong enterprise bias …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 14 December]

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Vote Leave claims ‘EU exit could make science bigger priority in UK’

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2015 by steve

UK“Leaving the European Union would mean the UK could spend more on research, still take part in the EU’s research programmes and attract more academics from beyond Europe, according to Vote Leave …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 11 December]

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Innovation 2020 science strategy

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom’s report on Innovation 2020 (‘Science strategy promises more funding’, December 8th) and the promise that the Government intends to explore options for membership of the European Southern Observatory and Cern, the European nuclear research centre, is welcome news for high-energy physics and astronomy in Ireland …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 11 December]

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